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English as a Second Language (ESL)

The English as a Second Language Department at California Preparatory College offers a variety of methods of learning for those who desire to become proficient in reading, writing and speaking in the English Language.

English is a West Germanic Language originated in Anglo-Saxon England. It is the official language in 53 countries and is the preferred language of many international organizations. The English Language is spoken by between 500 million and 1.8 billion people around the world and is widely recognized as the language of the business world.

At CPC, students will begin our ESL program at the appropriate tested level of English proficiency - beginning, intermediate, or advanced. Our teaching methods include mandatory class lectures (with a minimum of 12 credit hours per week, which is necessary to satisfy F-1 visa requirement). Students also have the option to take as many as 5-8 additional credit hours for a total of 17-20 classroom hours per week. Other optional activities such as the ‘buddy system‘ (up to 3 additional hours per week of working with a native English speaker) is a great way to enhance your skills. Students are also required to arrange several hours per week of English lab experience in our ESL Language lab. The more students immerse themselves in the various optional learning techniques and activities, the more quickly their English skills will improve. As ESL students become more proficient in their understanding and usage of the English language, CPC offers Associate Degrees in the areas of Business and Health Science. WHPC Certificate are also available for students who desire to pursue higher educational goals. Learning techniques consist of the following:

  • Class Lectures
  • CPC Buddy System
  • Up to 20 hours per week in English computer lab
  • Off Campus - Practical Experience Days
  • Weekend Activities

Requirements for Acceptance

  • CPC Application
  • Financial Guarantee Form and Official supporting documents
  • Copy of Passport
  • Official English Translated Transcripts
  • Proof of medical insurance

Program learning outcomes detail the knowledge, skills and abilities that you as a student will demonstrate upon successful completion of a program of study. 

Program Learning Outcomes for English as a Second Language

The primary objective of the ESL program at CPC is to prepare non-native speakers of English to successfully function in an English speaking postsecondary environment.  As such, the program aims to:

  • Develop English language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing by having learners engage in a range of communicative tasks and activities.
  • Encourage the use of strategies, such as contextualization of new vocabulary, use of previewing, skimming and scanning techniques, and knowledge of text organization and discourse markers, to aid the comprehension of written and spoken language.
  • Expand the learner's use of grammatically correct and situationally and culturally appropriate language in speaking and writing for effective communication in a variety of interpersonal and academic situations.
  • Create awareness about learning styles and college resources, encourage the adoption of study skills, and increase compentency in the use of technology so that learners may more effectively achieve academic goals. 
  • Build cross-cultural understanding and confidence in using language through collaboration with classmates, increased participation in college activities, and increased interaction within the college and the larger community in order to complete class assignments such as surveys, reports, and presentations. 

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Western Health Practices and Communication (WHPC)

The Western Healthcare Practices and Communication (WHPC) program at CPC includes additional communication skills along with professional healthcare refresher courses for experienced international healthcare professionals who plan to work in the Western healthcare industry. Students are first taught English skills as needed to enter in an English speaking workplace. Then additional communication skills consisting of resume writing, interviewing skills, and mock interviews are taught.

The WHPC program provides foreign healthcare professionals with an introduction to healthcare in the United States.  Designed in conjunction with U.S. healthcare administrators, recruiters, nursing administrators, rehab specialists, physicians and human resource personnel this program introduces students to the singularity of the U.S. healthcare system. 

After successfully completing our WHPC program and receiving the WHPC Certification, the Occupational Practical Training (OPT) program, which is applied for through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), will permit the nurse to work in a related field of training for a year. After one year of work, they may qualify to continue working for a second year of OPT following another period of enrollment to achieve their Associates Degree in Health Science. CPC has historically had a very high success rate in helping our students obtain OPT approval from U.S. immigration, after which we offer assistance for them in their search for OPT approved jobs at the end of their academic studies.

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For more details on our WHPC Certificate program click below.

Required for Acceptance


  • Associate or higher degree in nursing or other professional healthcare degrees (Bachelor or high degree preferred)
  • CPC application
  • Financial guarantee from with necessary documents
  • Transcripts and (translated) diploma copy
  • Copy of NCLEX score if a nurse or professional exam scores for other medical fields
  • Proof of medical insurance

Important Documents:

Program learning outcomes detail the knowledge, skills and abilities that you as a student will demonstrate upon successful completion of a program of study.

Program Learning Outcomes for the Western Healthcare Practices and Communication

Certificate (WHPC)

The primary objective of the WHPC program at CPC is to prepare foreign healthcare professionals to successfully function in an English speaking healthcare environment.

Upon completion of the required courses in this area, students will be able to: 

  • Understand the role of insurance in the U.S. healthcare system.
  • Synthesize patient assessment in English from data including anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology using critical thinking in order to safely manage rapidly changing and complex patient problems.
  • Compare and contrast healthcare delivery systems in their home countries with that of the U.S.
  • Conduct basic nursing tasks such as patient vitals and history, perform physical exams, provide health promotion and counseling education, administer wound care and numerous other personalized interventions in English.


For more Information on our international programs please contact Jankel Cadavid.

1020 E. Washington Street, Colton, CA 92324 Phone: 909.370.4800